How do I get my packet (climbing bib, start time, and t-shirt)?

Team packets will be shipped 2-3 weeks prior to event to team captains.

Individual climbers can do one of two things to get their packets:

1) Pick up climb packets from the Respiratory Health Association office on event weekend. The building is located conveniently in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Participants may pick up for other individual climbers if you know the correct spelling of their full name and climb category.

1440 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-628-0200

Friday, February 24
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OR

2) Order climb packet to be mailed before the climb here. Individual packets will be shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the event. There is a $17 fee per packet. Climb packets can be ordered until February 10.

NOTE: There is no packet pick-up on event day! Individuals who do not pick up their climb packet during the designated packet pick-up times will forfeit their climbing spots.

Can I pick what time I climb?

Although individual participants can’t request specific climb wave times, there a few ways to influence your assigned time.

  • Register as a Lung Health Champion – One benefit of committing to raise $1,000 is selecting your climb wave time preference.
  • Create a Team – All team members will be assigned to the same wave. Minimum team size is two participants – if you want to climb at the same time as a friend, consider forming a team!
  • Register for the Elite Climb – Participants in this division are assigned to the 7:00 a.m. climb wave.

We assign climb waves in advance of the event and all are final. With thousands of climbers expected, it’s not possible to accommodate individual requests for specific wave times or change times once assignments are made. Your climb wave is shared in your event packet at packet pickup. RHA is not able to provide this information by phone or email.

Want to receive your climb wave time early? Sign up to receive your packet by mail here and your time will be mailed along with your event shirt, bib, and other materials a few weeks prior to the event date.

How does the climb work?

All Hustle Chicago stair climb participants are assigned to a 15-minute climb wave and start their individual stair climb within that window. You should plan to arrive and be ready to line up one hour ahead of your assigned climb wave.

You and other climbers assigned to your wave will be allowed to line up at the stairwell entrance approximately 15 minutes prior to your wave time. Climbers are then released into the stairwells in intervals to ensure a safe and regulated event.

The Full Climb sponsored by Omron starts at 7:00 a.m. with waves typically scheduled through 3:00 p.m.

The Half Climb starts at 8:00 a.m. with waves typically concluding by 10:00 a.m.

To allow for proper social distancing, event capacity is limited and there will be a longer release time between climbers.

I’m concerned about COVID-19 safety or am unable to climb in-person this year. Is there a virtual option?

Even if you cannot make the in-person climb, you can still help people living with asthma, COPD, lung cancer, COVID-19, and other lung diseases. Sign up for the Hustle Virtual Climb!

Make the fitness challenge a fun part of the virtual experience. Climb on your own in the gym, your basement, or your building’s stairwell. However, there is no requirement to prove you’ve climbed 94 flights on your own. Your key role as a virtual climber is making a difference through fundraising.

You’ll have full access to the RHA Fundraising Toolkit and be able to create a personal fundraising page to help with your efforts. You can qualify for fundraising contests, incentive prizes, and will receive a Virtual Goody Bag on event day! Virtual climbers also receive access to Active Impact, a platform that allows you to track your activity to help you train or catalogue your virtual climb.

Virtual climb fee is $10 and does not require any minimum fundraising.

Virtual climbers who raise $100 or more will receive a Hustle Chicago t-shirt, bib, and commemorative medal.

Register here!

What steps are you taking to keep climbers safe?

To ensure the safety of all climbers, volunteers, and building staff, we continue to follow all federal, local, and state public health guidelines around COVID-19. We are taking additional precautions as we return to an indoor venue, including:

  • Limited event capacity to allow proper social distancing. Guests will also not be allowed in 360 CHICAGO to allow further social distancing.
  • Increased time between climber starts to reduce congestion in stairwells.
  • Regarding masks, RHA will follow any local, state, federal, or venue protocols required at the time of the event. There is currently no mask requirement for indoor events, and they will not be required. Participants, volunteers, sponsors, and guests are encouraged to wear a mask in areas at the event where large numbers of people gather – such as the start line, After Party, etc.

We strongly urge all participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff to receive all of the available vaccinations against COVID-19.

How will you protect riders from COVID-19?

Our health and safety policies below have changed based on improvements in COVID-19 positivity rates, increased vaccination rates, and decreases in hospitalizations. We prioritize the safety of all participants and will continue to monitor and follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). This includes any restrictions on the size of in-person gatherings.

  • Masks: RHA will follow any local, state, federal, or venue protocols required at the time of the event. There is currently no mask requirement for outdoor events, and they will not be required. Participants, volunteers, staff, and guests are encouraged to wear a mask in areas at the event where large numbers of people gather – such as the start line, dinner, etc.
  • Social distancing: Social distancing guidelines will be encouraged throughout the event.
  • Event participants, volunteers, and vendors who may be experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, or who have recently been in contact with a person experiencing symptoms, are asked not to attend the event.

We strongly urge all participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff to receive all of the available vaccinations against COVID-19.

How much does the event cost?

Every climber will pay $155 upfront to register for the in-person event. This includes a $55 registration fee, which covers event costs and provides each participant with event materials, a specially designed t-shirt, and finisher medal. It also includes a $100 donation minimum, which will be applied toward a participant’s fundraising goal. All donations directly support Respiratory Health Association’s community lung health work.

What do the event registration fees cover?

Every climber’s $55 registration fee includes:

  • Exclusive access to designated areas of Solider Field on event day
  • Name recognition on the iconic stadium LED ribbon
  • Souvenir short sleeve event shirt
  • A color finisher medal
  • An event bib with personal number and climb time
  • Access to on after party inside the Soldier Field colonnades
  • A personalized fundraising platform and leaderboard
  • A fundraising coach to help reach your individual pledge amount
  • Bottled water and post-climb banana or orange to re-fuel
  • Designated areas in the stadium to take photos
  • The ultimate fitness challenge and memories to last a lifetime!

Additional incentives are available for each fundraising level.

Lung Health Champions:

  • Your name on Soldier Field jumbotron
  • Special LHC event shirt
  • Hustle Chicago® Incentive Prize TBD
  • Ribbon recognition on race bib
  • Opportunity to choose your climb time

When does registration close?

Spots in the 2022 climb are limited. Unless sold out prior, team registration closes April 15 and individual registration closes April 29.

Why do I have to pay a pledge upfront?

Your $100 minimum pledge to participate in this year’s climb at Soldier Field will support Respiratory Health Association’s important lung health work. Event participants like you share and support RHA’s vision of healthy lungs and clean air for all. Your donation makes it possible to raise lung disease awareness, provide programs to help people living with lung disease, fund research into finding new treatments for lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, and to advocate clean air policies to help everyone breathe easier.